Camping with Backroads in 2016

If you're at all familiar with Backroads, then you know that we have a stellar reputation for taking care of all the details so that you don't have to. Camping Trips are no exception. Whether you're an avid camper looking to share the camping experience with family or friends, or someone who is new to the experience altogether, here are four things to look forward to on a Backroads Deluxe Camping Trip in the 2016 season!

1. A Team of Hosts

One of the things that makes Backroads unique is that we take all the work out of the equation for you so Backroads Trip Leaders on a Deluxe Camping tripthat you don't have to worry about a single detail. While your Trip Leaders accompany you during activities, your Camp Chef and a Camp Assistant make sure you're as comfortable as possible while camping with Backroads. Before you get to camp, they set up your tent, deliver your luggage, and have dinner and a campfire ready for your arrival. All you have to do is kick off your shoes, grab a drink and relax because everything else is taken care of. 

2. Home-Style Cooking

Backroads Camp Chef, Jackson Jewett, on a Deluxe Camping tripBackroads takes a lot of pride in what we prepare on trip and we're known for elaborate picnics that seem to appear out of nowhere. When it comes to breakfast and dinner on our Camping Trips, the same principle applies.

Don't expect baked beans and rice, but rather marinated grilled salmon, homemade tomato bisque soup, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and a refreshing spring salad (and that's just one potential dinner). Then there's dessert (of course), but that's a surprise we can't spoil ahead of time!

3. Gear and Equipment

Camping on your own can sometimes be more work than play, especially when you consider how gear- and labor-intensive it is to be comfortable in the wilderness. Backroads Deluxe Camping tents and sleeping cotsCar camping can sometimes offer a bit more luxury, but we've stepped it up to make things even more glamorous--some call it "glamping," but we just call it "camping." If you've been on a Backroads Camping Trip before, then you already know that we offer tents big enough for most people to be comfortable standing up, warm sleeping bags, thick self-inflating sleeping pads and camp chairs for all our guests. For the 2016 season we've added sleeping cots into the mix, which means you can slumber peacefully off the ground.

4. Camping for Everyone

In 2016 we're excited to offer deluxe camping itineraries for all travelers, including Classic, Solos, Family, and Family Breakaway for families with older teens and 20-somethings.

Picture yourself under the star-lit desert sky of Bryce Canyon or in the vast wild country of Yellowstone. The smell of campfire lingers in the air, the sound of nature is subtle but pleasant, and the silhouetted landscape surrounds you on all sides with its splendor. In the distance, the soft flickering glow of the campfire lights up the faces of your family and new friends as they sit around it, playing games and sharing stories.  The best thing about camping will always be its ability to help make incredible memories.

Sunrise over Bryce Canyon on a Backroads Deluxe Camping trip

8 Responses

  1. Ben Davol

    Those sleeping cots are fantastic. I did your trip to Banff last year hiking and biking. I admit having camped quite abit in recent years. (Backpacking nit jsut “glamping) Although my trip with you was excellent I decided that, as much as I liked the campign experience, I was done sleeping on the ground. Now with the cots, I have used, makes all the difference in the world! Great upgrade!

    • Dirk

      Hey Ben!

      I couldn’t agree more! I’ve spent a night or two on this type of cot in Bryce Canyon and there is nothing quite like being able to get in and out of bed without having to crawl on the ground.

      There are times to rough it, and there are times when you don’t have to. I can’t say I mind the latter! 🙂

  2. Marc

    Who makes those cots?

    • Dirk Badenhorst Dirk

      Hey Marc!

      The company who makes our cots is called Alps Mountaineering. The cot itself is the Escalade and can be found on REI if you’re in the market for one!

  3. Laura Lee

    I have a field and stream extra wide for. Looking for a tent that is for me and my cot. I am 5’2″ and would like to stand if possible. Ant suggestions?

    • Dirk Badenhorst Dirk

      Hey Laura,

      So I can’t speak for other companies, but the tent we use is by Alps Mountaineering called the Taurus 5 outfitter. They’re very durable and can accommodate a standing height of anyone who is up to 6 ft tall. We are typically able to fit two cots in them comfortably so you should be all set. The link below should send you directly to their site and gives you a list of all the relevant specs.

      Happy gear hunting!

  4. Barbie Spatz

    Do you have showers on the camping trips??

    • Dirk Badenhorst Dirk

      Hey Barbie!

      There are very few occasions (if any) where we don’t have access to some sort of showering facility during each evening of the trip. If there aren’t facilities in camp, we would then typically run shuttles to one at a designated time every day. You don’t have to be dirty just because you’re camping, am I right?! It’s always about the simple luxuries which make such a big difference after a long day of fun outdoor activities! 🙂

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